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Obtaining a PAYG phone in Switzerland as a non-resident

Hi

Hope you can help. Great forum :-)

I'm a UK resident but spend holidays/weekends in Switzerland though not there at the moment (sadly).

I want to get hold of either a PAYG phone, or just a SIM card to use whilst in Switzerland. I understand that you can get either from Migros or similar. However - do you need a Swiss address/residency to get a SIM card or can you just show a passport?

Thank you !

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Re: Obtaining a PAYG phone in Switzerland as a non-resident

I got one from swisscom, and they just ask me for my passport or an identification, and the place where i was staying. So i think you won't have any problem. Good luck!
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Re: Obtaining a PAYG phone in Switzerland as a non-resident

Please keep in mind that all most or all Swiss mobile phone service providers will void your number after 12 months of inactivity.
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Re: Obtaining a PAYG phone in Switzerland as a non-resident

I have sunrise and can use it overseas as long as I've added a prepaid amount and there is still money left on the sim card. I can add credit online. If you use the phone now and then to send an sms, make a quick call, then it should not be discontinued. This worked for me for a little over a year. Good luck!
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Re: Obtaining a PAYG phone in Switzerland as a non-resident

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Hi

Hope you can help. Great forum :-)

I'm a UK resident but spend holidays/weekends in Switzerland though not there at the moment (sadly).

I want to get hold of either a PAYG phone, or just a SIM card to use whilst in Switzerland. I understand that you can get either from Migros or similar. However - do you need a Swiss address/residency to get a SIM card or can you just show a passport?

Thank you !

Paul

Shouldn't be a problem. I originally got a prepay phone at the Phone House just outside Zurich's HB. The guy behind the counter just took my passport and took care of the rest of the details himself. For the first few weeks Sunrise had my address as "Bahnhof 10".

prepay ID issue discussed here
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Re: Obtaining a PAYG phone in Switzerland as a non-resident

Hi,

I don t think you need residency to buy the sim card.

Migros is also a good option.

http://www.m-budget-mobile.ch/index....TOKEN=60437420

Sorry the website is not in English but if you scroll down then you can see that SIM cards are 9.90. You then go to the counter and ask to buy 15 or 30 CHF of minuets and that is it. It is easy and cheep in my opinion.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Obtaining a PAYG phone in Switzerland as a non-resident

Many thanks for all the quick replies - much appreciated - what a friendly helpful group of people :-)

I understood the French version of Migros - I'll dig out my unlocked nokia and try that route first....

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